Thursday, January 19, 2017

How to Network Your Way to Excellence

network to better business

I do not know if I heard it somewhere or made it up, but I truly believe you are only as exceptional as your network. A beneficial network will support you, cheer you on, buy what you are selling, give you advice, pass on referrals, and introduce you to the right people. Therefore, I make it a practice nurture my relationships and to continually build my network.

Over the years my networking skills have enhanced my life exponentially. Those times when I feel like I am a million miles away from where I want to be I reflect on what I have to be grateful for and one thing is my network.

In my offline life, I work as a traveling notary which surprises most people because no one grows up and says that they want to be a notary public, but thankfully I have made it work for over 10 years. One of the keys to my success has been networking. Connecting with colleagues has helped me get to the top of Google searches and in turn, make thousands of dollars I would not have earned otherwise. Also, thanks to my referral network I have worked assignments that have paid as much as $800 for one day's work.

In the blogging world, I have connected with great women through Facebook groups like Bloggers Like Me, an impressive group of influential, well-connected female entrepreneurs who inspire each other to excellence. Because of my connections in blogging, I have been able to attend awesome events, and I have been given the opportunity to speak on my first panel. 

people hanging out networking

Find your preferred place to network

Network meetings are a great place to meet people, but networking can be painful if done incorrectly so it may take time to find the right group for you. Whether it's online or in person find what works. is an excellent place to find networking groups or you can even start your own. There are also always plenty of conferences, workshops, and seminars to meet potential business partners and clients.

Be genuine 

People can spot fakeness from a mile away so while you do hope to gain something never let that be your sole objective. It's a better idea to see how you can help others first because as they say what goes around comes around.

Connect on social media

Social media makes it easy to keep in contact with people. Choose your favorite platform and connect with your contacts. My favorite way to connect is Facebook because I spend a majority of my time online there, so it makes it incredibly simple. Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn are also useful for making and keeping connections.

Be a connector

If someone needs assistance be a resource that they can turn to for help. People respect individuals who are knowledgeable and who have something to give so never be afraid to share your knowledge. When you are known as a strong resource, people remember to turn to you for suggestions, ideas, names of other people, etc. This keeps you visible to them.

Don't try too hard

Nothing turns people off like the smell of desperation. I've read that it may take up to 7 impressions before someone remembers you hence do not try to be a contact's best friend on first meeting them. Instead get their card and send them an email stating that it was nice meeting them and then be alert to the next opportunity you can connect. Believe me, your patience will pay off.

In this ever more competitive world often times who you know is more important than what you know therefore never forget to continually network, building those ever important relationships online and offline.

What's your best networking tip?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

My One Word 2017 - Greatness

As 2016 was ending, I realized I had not picked a motivational word for 2017, and I was not motivated to choose one, but as I slowly began to overcome my feelings of overwhelm I realized that I wanted to achieve greatness in 2017! Greatness for me means doing my best, not procrastinating, and not holding myself back.

There have been several projects that I have been putting off that are cluttering my mind, taking up mental space, and therefore, holding me back from greatness! I'm listing my 2017 projects below.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Most Amazing Beauty Events To Attend In 2017

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Blogger, Lisa a la Mode

Beauty lovers can collectively rejoice as the start of a new year means the return of all the great makeup, beauty, and natural hair shows across the country! Thankfully, I live in one of the beauty capitals of the country, Los Angeles so I can look forward to events that span the year from January to December. Below are eight of my favorite events coming to Los Angeles in 2017.

Monday, January 2, 2017

7 Practical Ways to Kick Overwhelm in the Butt

To say the last few years have been a rollercoaster is an understatement. They have been marked by an unexpected move, the suicide of a cousin, the death of my grandmother, the loss of a beloved pet, a failed venture into direct sales, and financial hiccups to name just a few. With all of this happening in a short period of time it felt like the wheels in my brain came to a halt.